Hockey: India men to kick start Tokyo Olympics campaign vs New Zealand
The Indian men’s and ladies’ hockey groups will open their campaigns towards New Zealand and the Netherlands respectively on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on July 25, the world physique (FIH) stated right here on Tuesday.
According to the match schedule of subsequent yr‘s Olympics launched by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), each of the Indian groups will open their campaigns on the primary day of hockey competitions.
After New Zealand, eight-time champions within the men’s competitors, India will face world primary Australia on July 26, earlier than taking over Spain (July 28), defending champions Argentina (July 30) and hosts Japan (July 31) in Group A.
The girls’ group, who’s additionally clubbed in Group A, will lock horns with Germany on July 27, earlier than assembly Great Britain (July 29), Ireland (July 31) and South Africa (August 1).
The men’s and ladies’ gold medal matches will happen on August 6 and seven respectively, the FIH stated in a press release.
The Indian men’s group, ranked fifth on the planet, had certified for the Tokyo Games after beating Russia 11-Three on combination within the Olympic qualifiers held in Bhubaneswar earlier this month.
Ranked ninth on the planet, the Indian girls’ group had certified for the Tokyo Olympics after beating the United States 6-5 on combination within the qualifiers held in Bhubaneswar earlier this month.
The match schedule of the Tokyo Olympic hockey tournaments was introduced throughout a press briefing in Tokyo which was attended by FIH Executive Board Member and IOC Olympic Solidarity Commission Member Tayyab Ikram, Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi, Japan Women’s hockey nationwide group participant Shihori Oikawa, and Japan Men’s hockey nationwide group participant Seren Tanaka.
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